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A Moon Reflected in Belgium Beer
Oh yes. Blue Moon is known in North America as a Belgian-style witbier brewed by the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. Yet for many beer lovers (such as myself) few trips are more coveted than a pilgrimage to the village of Westvleteren near Belgium's Flanders Fields. There, the Trappist Abbey of St. Sixtus crafts a rare beer, which I sampled as preparation for my visit ~~ as some may know ~~ to Beer Wellnessland near Prague -- when presenting about a new therapy program @ EGREPA. Though portions of the monastery are closed to the public, an exhibit area and nearby Cafe In de Vrede make for a great beer lover destination. The monastery's brewery, established in 1838, produces enough ale to primarily support its community; Westvleteren 12. A hefty 10.2 percent alcohol makes it a “borderline proposition” with wine, though frequently voted the best beer in the world by connoisseurs. In high demand, it can be bought in limited quantities at the monastery (by reservation) or in servings at the cafe. Fully accessible by car, a “euro-enjoyable experience” means visiting by renting a bike at nearby Ieper's train station and taking advantage of the region's extensive bike paths over flat terrain.
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